BAGUIO CITY – City officials recently commended Prof. Erlinda Castro Palaganas in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the nursing profession and exemplary achievement as a recipient of the Princess Srinagarindra Award Laureate 2021 from the Princess Srinagariindra Award Foundation of Thailand.
Under Resolution No. 549 signed by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, local legislators stated that the said award that was conferred to Prof. Palaganas has brought great honor and pride to the people of the city and serves as an inspiration to health workers to contribute towards progress and advancement of the nursing and midwifery professions, health system and people’s health.
The Princess Srinagarindra Award Foundation based in Thailand is a private entity duly constituted, chartered and registered under the Thailand with the avowed primary purpose of conferring the Princess Srinagarindra Award Laureate to an individual nurse or midwife or to groups of registered nurses or registered midwives for outstanding performance or research in the field of nursing for the benefit of mankind and for wellbeing of the people.
Further, it was established in commemoration of the centenary birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra Mahidol on October 21, 2000.
Prof. Palaganas was chosen unanimously by the Princess Srinagarindra Award Foundation’s Board of Trustees on September 13, 2021 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand as a recipient of the Princess Srinagarindra Award.
The award presentation to the recipient will be in 2022 according to the letter of the foundation’s Secretary-General to the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) Baguio City chapter president.
Palagansa is a Professor of Management and is currently holding the position of Scientist I at the University of the Philippines College Baguio with a Master in Public Health from the University of the Philippines – Manila and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
She is a tireless and staunch advocate for nurses and people’s welfare and largely known among the Philippine health community nursing pundit as the leading expert in qualitative research and for her contribution and unwavering efforts to achieve equitable access to health care for Filipinos.
As president of the PNA, Palaganas is among the key figures in the national movement of peaceful protest that impelled the Supreme Court (SC) to uphold the implementation of the 2002 Nursing Law.
Her 13 years of scholarly leadership as Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Nurses provided local and international nursing scholars a prestigious platform to disseminate their unique contributions to the said profession.
Palaganas was said to have held various influential leadership positions in the said organization that allowed her to be given the recognition as one of the tireless workers in the said profession.
By Dexter A. See